Bon Scott (far right) was the lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC from 1974 until his tragic death in 1980.
Scott and his friend Alistair Kinnear left the London club The Music Machine (since renamed Koko) at 3 AM on February 20, 1980 in Kinnear’s Renault 5 car. Upon arriving at the flat Kennear could not move Scott so he left him in the back of the car.
“I left him in the car and rang his doorbell. I was unable to wake Bon, so I rang Silver Smith, (a former girlfriend of Bon’s). She said he passed out quite frequently and that it was best just to leave him sleep it off.”
Kinnear then explained how he had put the car seat back so he could lie flat.
Kinnear awoke early in the evening on the 20th and checked on Scott and found him unconscious in the car. He rushed him to King’s College Hospital, but by then it was too late to save his life. Bon was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, the cause of death apparently due to the fact that Scott had choked on his own vomit due to way he was twisted up as he lay asleep in the back of the car.
Here’s the google street view of the location.
67 Overhill Road Southwark, London SE22 0PQ, UK
The autopsy was held on Friday, February 22. The verdict was ‘Death by Misadventure – Acute Alcoholic Poisoning’.